Bristlecone Brown Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Bristlecone Brown AleBristlecone Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty in character, this brown ale has a smooth body and a clean, well-rounded finish.

25 IBU

Added by alexgash on 11-13-2003

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Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Walnut colored beer with high clarity. Foamy lacing.

S- Pungent malts, caramel and chocolate. Some grassiness too, which is strange.

T- Bristles like the name suggests. Roasty malts and some acrid flavors. Kick in the mouth.

M- Thicker, heavy carbonation and wet finish.

O- Not bad, by any stretch, but certainly not one of the betters of the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Much lighter than I could expect for the style and with the ABV I could see why. An solid oak brown clear with a ruby hue. For almost a light beer ABV it's cool to see a 1/4 inch of sticky foam that settles to a hefty lace ring.

S - Mild roasted malts, touch of somewhat nutty, and some sweeter malts.

T - The flavor is not bad it's pretty nice smooth sweet malt/roasted nut combo malt forward with little bittering hops. Not bad.

M - It does drink with a medium chewy body. Don't know how they did it with the ABV.

Overall it's a pretty sweet session Brown ale. Not bad if that's your thing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish amber in the tall glass. Attractive foam that lasts well. Crisp and sudsy mouthfeel.

A distinctive nutty flavor somewhere between cashews and coffee grounds. A tang of hops and a sharp sensation. Some warm malt, but fairly austere overall. A touch of butter. Dry finish with some bitterness and that hint of coffee. Pretty thin and the flavor gets a little threadbare after some sipping. Well, it's a peculiar category. Even Pretty Things couldn't do much better with St. Botolph's Town with 50% more alcohol.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at my favorite place in Salt Lake for single supermarket beers-- Emigration Market.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle I to a dfh snifter

A: get a nice translucent ruby brown with a fat finger of slightly nutty brown head. Nice retention and tons of stoicky lacing all the way down.

S: good amount of bready yeastyness right up front, long with some toasty grain. A light nutty aroma.... A light chciakte note comes out as the beer warms.

T: again bready yeastyness is the first thing I pick up, some nutty toasty grainy notes as well, touch of chocolate on the finish, long nutty aftertaste.

M: light bodied, almost watery, but considering the abv I suppose that is to be expected, despite this It does have a nice creamy carbonation that carry all the flavors well, dry on the finish.... The aftertaste lingers for quite a while, leaving the mouth coated with a nutty flavor.

O: nice flavor for such a low abv beer, personally I would of enjoyed a bit more heft to this one and I feel like it would have made it an all around better beer, by eliminating the wateryness. but overall it is not a bad brown ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #41 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty nice brown ale. Again, as I've noticed with much of the beer in Utah, I let this sit for quite some time before diving into it and I think the temperature really does make a difference.

Overall, this is a pretty smooth brown ale. There is a mild tangy tone to it that approaches being too much, but I can deal with it. The flavor profile is consistent and smooth. Even and unwavering. Works for me.

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Photo of Brushkanna
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting much more.
Looks great medium brown
Smells is light and nutty
The taste is weak a little watered down, for an english brown I want more flavor
Light mouthfeel not much there
Overal this is a beer I dont need to return to, there are other great brown ales to look for

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful dark reddish brown color with an off white three fingered head which lasts and strong carbonation. There is also thick lacing which remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is of strong malts and nuts as well as some pine resin. The nutty part of the smell gets stronger as the brew warms up.

The taste follows the nose with strong, mostly sweet malts, nuts and strong pine taste and pine resins which linger on the tongue. Slight astringent effect, no hops to speak of. Overall a deep earthy taste.

The mouthfeel is thick, nutt and earthy. The carbonation is also present.

Overall this is a smooth beer to drink. Maybe it was the smell of the pine and the nuts but this beer seemed to have a relaxing effect on me. I will pick up a six pack of this from the local deli tomorrow.

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Photo of Blargimus
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on 9-9-2011.

Perfectly clear deep brown color. About 2 fingers of head that sticks around, leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls.

Smell is faint, and is all malt and grain. No hops to speak of.

Taste isn't exactly sweet, but there is a maltiness to it. Hop flavor is limited to bitterness - there's nothing floral or citrusy here. More bitter than I'd like, especially in the aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, it lasts a looong time.

Medium mouthfeel. Maybe too much carbonation, which adds to the bitterness slightly.

Overall, this is not an awful beer, but it's not one I'd recommend. There are too many better options out there.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spiderweb lacing clings to the glass as the light tan sea-foam head dissapates after a heavy pour. Head retention is nice in this clear, ruby red and caramel colored beer. The aroma is nutty as hell, overpowering a light caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional and straightforward.

Grainy in flavor, it kind of tastes the way the grains smell when you steep them preboil. Nice subtle note of caramel behind these nutty grains followed by a bit of an earthy spice that brings what would be a normal brown ale into a bit more than that. The malts move into a light but balanced hoppiness in the back that adds that hint of bitterness to make it just a tad prickly. Pretty smooth beer overall, but definitely wouldn't hurt from being ramped up a bit. Everything just seems a little bit weaker than it should be, making for a decent balance, but no real "umph" to make me want to buy it again. Easy to drink though, and at 4% ABV, no problem putting a few back. This is not a bad beer at all, but there are better brown ales out there.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown, very clear. has a large head with big bubbles.
S- Smells malty and very nutty, A good English feel to it. Some fresh underlying hop character.
T- A great taste, comes with a good bunch of nuts and dark malts. Great malt character and underlying hoppiness. A great balance and very refreshiung.
M- This beer is Easy to drink and is very refreshing. No dry mouth feel afterwards. This beer, does seem a tiny bit watered down but its that quality that makes this beer so drinkable.
O- A very good and competively priced brown ale, Very delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing going for this beer is the label... sorry.
Pours crystal clear, and has a reddish copper chestnut color. A small thin off white head and very light carbonation.
Aroma is dry toasted malts and nuts.
Taste is quite dry with some light toasted malts and some nuts.
Drinks thin and watery with flavor lacking.
A sorry state for this beer. There is really nothing appealling in this beer. It lacks visual flair has no sense in aroma and has a watered down taste. Plus an astringent, dry almost puckering finish.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a mahogany colored brown with a good finger and a half of head that settles to a ring with pretty nice lacing.

S: Straight up sweet malt with a little nuttiness. Not much else here.

T: Matches the smell to a tee... Sweet malt up front that is a little toasty and a solid nuttiness in the mid palette... Finish is a little on the sweet side with very little aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied that I was hoping for...a little watered down... Carbonation is a little an the sharp side.

D: Mixed review here... Looks great, smells pretty good, taste is OK, mouthfeel is a miss... Overall not a bad Brown, but nothing outstanding. ABV is pretty low so you could drink a few.... But just not enough to hang my hat on.

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Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review dated 1/9/2009.

A pretty average brown ale. I guess it’s tough to do much with Utah liquor laws. Pours a dirt brown with a tan head. Aroma dominated by nuts. Flavor is fairly malty with nuts and earth. A little watery on the finish, but hey, it’s 4%.

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Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Wasatch a little while back...Thanks...

Has a nice clear brown, caramel colored body. Small just off-white head that stays around. Some nice lace on the glass as well.

Has a nutty aroma with some chocolate hints and some caramel and biscuity malts underneath. A bit of earthy and grassy hops. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste is nutty again with some toasted malts. Simple flavor, tastes a bit watered down.

Thinnish mouthfeel, medium carbonation is just right to make it quaffable. Overall a good beer, easy drinking for sure...

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Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gents and Ladies, step up to a nice Brown ale. It’s not suppose to dominate the palate with hops or malt. And when you have a 4% limit, you have your hands tied..

But this poured deep mahogany, and LOTs of ivory head and lacing for a poor lad of 4% Malts and light hops dominate the aroma and quaff. Just a quaint little brew.

Many thanks to Wastach for the trade and the chance.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Wasatch - thanks!!

A - Poured a clear medium-brown with dark highlights. A 1-inch tan head lasted for a few minutes before it became a small ring that lasted awhile. Good carbonation.

S - Nutty malt tries to escape the glass, but it's met with a metallic aroma that lingers...too bad because the other scents were pleasing.

T - Again, it's a shame that the nice flavors are nearly negated by the lingering taste of metal. At first, the odd flavor dominated the rest, but I let it sit for about a half hour then gave it another chance, and a nutty malt was the reward for my patience. A poor start, but a nice finish.

M - Light body with a borderline unpleasant aftertaste...good carbonation helps a little.

D - It's a shame because I kept thinking the beer would be better than it was. I can't see myself getting to Utah anytime soon, but I'd definitely give it another chance from the tap. I'm factoring the cold-weather-shipping into the picture, so I gave the ratings the benefit of doubt.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liquid bronze suffused with orange, a wonderful color when backlit with bright morning sunshine. I no longer expect my brown ales to be brown. The head is lightly toasted ecru in color and features a rumpled upper surface that is pebbley rather than rocky. A reasonable display of lace helps to pull the appearance into the above average range.

The nose, which could be more aromatic, fits the English brown ale style quite nicely. It's brown malty, toasted nutty and only minimally fruity, if at all. If the nose is any sort of reliable guide, this will be a dry brown rather than a sweet one. There's only one way to find out.

Bristlecone Brown is a fairly typical, light-bodied version of the style that does nothing that would make it stand out from the crowd. As a result, it should appeal to a wide range of (casual) drinkers and those who appreciate subtle, non-flashy beer. I'm trying, I really am.

As with most beer from this state, the malt content is a bit lacking. That's especially notable in a style that's supposed to be malt-dominant. Given that liability, there's enough malt flavor (that mirrors the description of the nose by the way) to get by. As anticipated, it's dry and crisp rather than sweet.

I've become accustomed to the fact that brown ales are often featherweights; or at least bantamweights. This one is too light though. Not enough for me to mark it down too severely, but enough that the mouthfeel score doesn't deserve to be the equal of the rest of the scores. A few too many fine bubbles doesn't help.

Bristlecone Brown is a decent ale, something that Uinta seems to excel in. Although it's hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for beer such as this, I do appreciate the fact that it's a pretty good take on the style. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Light chestnut brown with some orange highlights. Very clean and crisp with very small bubbles meandering. Head is a very light tan made up of medium sized bubbles and has fallen to just a thin layer.

S: Smells sort of like savory brown gravy.

T: Tastes a bit like gravy with bittering hops. Biscuity with low lying coffee and some wierd brown crayon flavor. Finishes really savory.

M: Medium body, thin across the palate.

D: I just can't get into this beer. Its really rubbing me the wrong way for some reason. Too savory for me. Intersting but just can't do it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 2006 edition, bottled on 09/07/06. Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of roasted malts, toffee/caramel. The taste is of roasted nutty malts, and slight toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a tasty Nut Brown Ale from this brewery. I'm glad to get a sixer from them, since it is only in the sampler pack. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light brown color with one finger of head that falls to cover the beer. The nose has hints of coffee, maybe just a bit too roasty for my tastes in a brown ale. The taste is strong in the coffee notes. I like it, but I'm not sure how it works for the style. The feel is a touch thin, but its still a damn good beer. The drinkability is awesome on this one. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would like to see more if it again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brown body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet biscuit malts with a good hop background. Taste is toasty sweet biscuity malts, followed by a dose of roastedness, and finishes with modestly bitter hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable Utah beer.

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